Saturday, October 30, 2010

October comes to an end

We had an over all draining month, but we did accomplish quit a bit. I can truly say I am glad it is over. I pray October is better in 2011. We have had some great learning time as well. We did a lot of exploring. I have touched base on a few things that have gone on like Girl Scout backyard camp out and driveway pipe busting. Here are some more of what I have not mentioned.

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was an Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, hoping to find a route to India (in order to trade for spices). He made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America during the years 1492-1504. 
 The kids had fun looking up his voyages and also reading about the people he called Indians when is reality they were Cubans. We colored maps and talked about how it must have been daunting when there was no wind for those big boats to move. The kids were astonished that wind could be that strong!
The kids learned about Diwali. It is a Hindu festival of Lights. I am sure some of you are wondering why a christian family would want to learn about another religion?! Well I believe it is up to us to teach our children how other people believe and compare it to Christianity. If we do not understand how can we judge something as bad or wrong. People tend to judge rather then understand other peoples way of thinking weather it is bad or good. Well we learned that Hindus believe in several gods and each family usually has one specific god they really focus on. We learned that Diwali is like a New Year to them a fresh start they clean and make everything look nice. The kids made bowls for a candle to go in they painted and we light the candles we made as the Hindu people would. They enjoyed seeing there bowls decorated.. That's what they do for Diwali anything to do with lights hintz called festival of lights!!!

    Candles they made and  the bowls they girls made from homemade clay
     The girls were so happy with their pots Jon-Jon didn't make one but he did make a candle.

The girls have played some great soccer. There season ends this month. They will start up again in Spring.Makenzee has come a long she actually was in the right spot at right time and helped make a goal. The team she is on is called Bad news Sharks. there colors are Lime green and navy blue. She loves her team and her coach is just awesome. Lileigh is also learning to follow the ball and kick the heck out of it. Her team looks like a bunch of buzzing bees chasing the ball. Their colors are Burnt orange and navy blue. Their name is Tigers. They are sad that it is over already. We have decided  that we are making Lileigh's team a snack. No one ever brings team snacks like Makenzee team has always been good at bringing snacks. So we decided to make a Vanilla Coated Halloween Munch Mix since it's Halloween. What away to end a season!!!
This stuff is so easy and YUMMY!!

We have been making  lots of crafts for the bats lesson we have been working on for Halloween. We went to Rapids Parish Library and got books on bats. We have learned so much like for example;
  1. bats have great eye sight
  2. there are 900 species of bats
  3. carnivorous bats that use echolocation they have big ears
  4. herbivore bats use there nose to smell fruit and nectar and they have smaller eats etc.
              Fall tree's with BATS                            Clothes pin Bats

                                        Bat Brownies YUMMY!

                                         Egg carton bats 
                                       YUMMY BBQ Bats Wing!!!
     Told the kids that they only sold BAT wings this time of year and we thought we would give them a try. Everyone was like ewwww  but they loved them even though they think where bat meat. Then Makenzee said oh mom Bats have long fingers and thin skin over them these are to fat for a bat. These can not be bat wings. She paid attention to our bat lesson makes me so proud!!
     So they have made bat brownies, Halloween Paper tree, lacing bat project, painted egg carton bats, Sticky Black Bat Wings.  

                                   The kids did a couple non bats activities so here they are!!!
            Abbi Bears pumpkin bear                Stained glass Jack-o-Lanterns
            We also have ventured in to making ginger bread haunted houses. Each kids has made their own um well not all Abbigale was not awake and hers was broken in bits so we wont tell her the kids went ahead and ate hers!!
                                                                 Makenzee was being so particular!
                                                                      Lileigh had so much fun!
    Jon-Jon ate more then he made and then it broke this all I could get of it!

    We made personal pizza's one night the kids had a blast. Abbi feel asleep so she didn't get to make her own she had to share with momma! We had mushrooms, pepperoni, onion, pineapple, cheese and lots of sauce!!!
     The girls got dressed up for two birthday parties and there Nonnie had a Halloween party we went to. They had a blast. Jon-Jon decided he wasn't going to dress up. But the girls did and had so much fun. The outfit Pebbles is wearing I made she is wearing a peasant top and bloomers! She makes an awesome MODEL!!! Here are some pictures!
         Strawberry Shortcake      Pippi Longstolking        Pebbles Flintstone
    We had mummy meat loaf and ghostly mashed taters. I completely forgot to get pictures! But here is one that you can kinda get an idea of what we did! It turned out yummy and kids were so excited about the idea. Makenzee and Lileigh said I got an  A+ for trying to be different. I have no idea where that came from we don't do grades! =)  One day we made snake bits they were so neat for lunch! We also have had Mummy dogs and Brains on the half shell! Mine were not as neat as what pictures we have seen but they had fun pretending! Makenzee and Lileigh both said oh momma they taste just like real brains...I said well I have never had brains so I wouldn't know!! The mouths of BABES!

                                               Happy Halloween!


    Hold on, man.  We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.  ~From Scooby-Doo

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    EERIE week of fun!

    Today is Friday one week left of October and then we go into  November. October has been a interesting MONTH to say the least. We have had weeks of being the MONDAYS and never seeming to end. Next week I have decided to make it a fun learning HALLOWEEN week. We will do everything Halloween okay almost everything. Math, History, Science, Art, FOOD. Yes we are a Christian family we do allow the kids to dress up but I feel it is important to truly understand what it is about. To my kids it is an excuse to go out of the house dressed up. This year they are going to 2 birthday parties that are costume parties. So we decided on Halloween to maybe go to the church for Fall festival or just stay home and eat all the yummies we will be making! 

    1:Daily Scripture: Everyday we listen to Keys for Kids.
    • October 25, 2010 "Do You Know Him?"
    • October 26, 2010 "Do You Know Him? (Cont'd.)"
    • October 27, 2010 "God's Training School"
    • October 28, 2010 "Ready for Storms"
    •  October 29, 2010 "Pass the Salt"
    • October 30, 2010  "Pass the Salt (Cont'd.)"
    2.  Bible Study:  We will be learning the story of Joseph.  Jacob had 12 sons and out of those 12 sons he had a favorite who was Joseph.  Jacob would give Joseph something special to show how much he loved him. Well that in turn made his brothers very angry.  Well the brothers do something do something that is very evil to Joseph and Jacob their father. You can read about this story in the book of Genesis 37,39,40 and 41.  
    Memory verse: The Lord was with Joseph and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper. Genesis 39:23  

    3. History/Geography: What does Halloween really mean how did it really get started why do we get free goodies on this night?There is so much to research and discuss.
    4. Math: We usually use Saxon math but next week we will be doing anything that is Halloween to spice it up. They are excited that we are doing counting, subtracting, adding, multiplying, factoring and etc. Monsters and creatures.
    5. Poem: We have been working on a poem this month and we will really be focused on it being learned! Poems and rhymes are so important to help with long term memory skills. The poem we choose is October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson. My kids always feel they have done something big to be able to say the poem or rhymes. The rhyme we will be working on is called Fraidie Cat by Clinton Scollard.
    6. Literature: We usually do a lot of reading and narrating. This week we will find anything Halloween related to read and do. We will make puzzles and mini books, word searches and so on the sky is the limit! 
    7. Artist and Musician Appreciation: Well some things don't change we will continue to learn about Edgar Degas -1834-1917 and Igor Stravinsky-1882-1971
    8. Art: anything we find really what ever they choose we have so many web sites to choose things! I also use some of these sites to put weekly lessons together! There are so many but here are a few!
     9.Science: We are studying bats! We will read and find out the different kinds and what they eat and do and so on. We have work sheets to help. This week is turning out to be a lot of work but they should enjoy themselves!   A lot of our schooling we do covers more then one subject. I tried to dissect  it down for you to help give an idea of what we do. I am hoping to have lots of pictures to share!   We as a family have decided that the kids will dress up in wholesome costumes nothing evil or gross.
    If anyone has any ideas to add please feel free to comment! We love ideas to try and use!
    Hold on, man.  We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.  ~From Scooby-Doo

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    6th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards

     Here is a little something to notify EVERYONE that the 6th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards are now accepting nominations! You know your favorite blogs.. so lets GET OVER THERE and nominate them! Let help Spread the word!

    Dr. Seuss "Look at me! `
    Look at me!
    Look at me NOW!
    It is fun to have fun
    But you have to know how."
    Dr. Seuss

    Saturday, October 16, 2010

    life can throw snags!

    Well the tenth month has been very interesting to say the least! But we survived and learned many new things. We strive to get as much out of anything we do, you never know when you may need to use it in the future! Well our October has been like this...

     We started with our Girl Scout back yard camp out!They had so much fun. We had hot dogs and chips. We sat by the camp fire and made s'mores, We learned how to do 4 knots. We got all cozy in our sleeping bags and woke to girls bouncing on the trampoline and giggling.  The girls had so much fun. We the leaders were excepting only a handful to participate but we were fooled. EVERY single girl showed up! All the parents said a free night heck ya. Poor Ms. Rebecca and I were amazed they all showed up. Most of these girls had not really been away from there parents.  As the parents dropped them off they were like we will be waiting for a call. I will have you know NOT one of the girls asked for there Mommas'! Guess they had a great time.

    October has brought us a new driveway. We had a busted pipe in the drive way it messed up drive way pretty bad but having a new drive way made it worth while. Praying the pipe don't bust again!


    The girls played awesome soccer! I forgot camera go figure!!! Hoping to get pictures soon!!!

    “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”